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Animal Husbandry Specialist at Pie Ranch - 13967

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Animal Husbandry Specialist
Pie Ranch
2080 Green Oaks Way PO Box 363
94060 Pescadero , CA ,
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Job Description: 

The Pie Ranch Animal Husbandry Specialist position is based at Pie Ranch’s home site. We market our produce and meat products mainly through our Roadside Farmstand, the Farm Fresh Food Relief Program, for value-added products through Companion Bakeshop, Happy Girl Kitchen, and Revival Ice Cream, and for farm events and programs on-site. Our dynamic farm offers educational opportunities for our Youth Corp program, volunteers, the public, and students from elementary through college.

Our current production focus is on an integrated mix of grains, beans, some vegetables, fruit trees and berries, native plants, and pasture for animals.

Pie Ranch would like to add an animal husbandry position to develop, implement and maintain a robust animal program at Pie Ranch. The purpose of an AH program at Pie is to properly demonstrate the role of animals in the food system, to illustrate the synergy of animals to soil health and to spread awareness among public and youth groups about the historic role animals have played in ag.

The Animal Husbandry Specialist (AHS) position requires a strong practical knowledge of animal husbandry skills, farm infrastructure and farm management; a broad understanding of community food sovereignty and a deep commitment to food justice and social change. The AHS works in collaboration with the Farm and Program Team in the planning, coordination, and implementation of all work and farm activities at Pie Ranch.

The AHS will oversee the production and educational animal program. Our goal is to hire an experienced, hard-working, motivated person with proven leadership and dedication to sustainable farming and environmental education. The position entails developing and honing the animal operations at both our main educational site and supporting animal husbandry programs at our regenerator farm location. This position is ideal for someone that is excited to develop our current program as well as innovate to grow the educational, financial and production aspects of our operation.

This is a temporary full-time, year-long position with the possibility of extension. This position reports to the Food Program Director, Kelly Muñoz and the Director of Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives, Jered Lawson. This position also works closely with other Pie Ranch production, programs, and facilities staff, as needed.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Work in collaboration with the farm and program teams and alone in the successful accomplishment of the following:

Chickens – layers:
Assist with improving & maintaining chicken infrastructure, such as mobile coops, electric fencing, brooder, etc.
Oversee and lead day-to-day care of chickens.
Make sure chickens have adequate feed and access to fresh water.
Monitor nesting boxes and coordinate a regular cleaning schedule, for both nest boxes and the entire coop.
Coordinate with the farm team when chicken fencing needs to be moved and when chicken moves will occur for optimal health of both pasture and birds.
Monitor overall health of the birds.
Assure predator protection.
Track egg number daily and input monthly records into Google Docs.
Determine the weekly average and project how many eggs we’ll have available for the coming month.
Wash and pack eggs with volunteers, YouthCorp and other staff for markets.
Assist with egg sales through farm stand and develop other possible revenue streams for eggs
Oversee deliveries of eggs to farmstand, program use and customers.
Coordinate donation of any unsold eggs.
Work with Food Programs Director/Strategic Partnership Director to integrate farm and program team into the schedule of chicken care

Oversee and lead day-to-day care of goats
Make sure goats are being fed adequately and they always have access to fresh water
Oversee milking schedule – and milk quantity records
Cleaning station – making sure bottles, sink, buckets, etc. stay sanitary.
Monitor goats’ health; establish a record system for health/age of goats, etc.
Schedule hoof trimmings as needed
Monitor feed supply and schedule a delivery of hay when needed (work with Cascade Regenerator to develop haying plan).
Assist in baby goat care (castration, feeding)
Monitor pasture health and report to farm team when you think they need moving
Work with Food Programs Director/Strategic Partnership Director to integrate farm and program team into the schedule of goat care

Cows, Pigs, Sheep, Horses

Create a plan for the eventual arrival and integration of cows, pigs, sheep, horses on to the farm
In conjunction with the Strategic Partnership Director and Food Program Director create the paddock, fencing, timing of introduction and care plan for each of these animal groups as well as the order in which these animals will be introduced to the farm.
In conjunction with the Director of Finance create an Animal Budget both involving chickens and goats and then, a future budget involving the gradual accumulation of cows, pigs, sheep and horses.

Land Stewardship:
Provide care for the areas where animals are being kept.
Optimizing pasture rotation and irrigation for full ground cover and species diversity
Seeding and covering with straw areas where pigs have cultivated on the hillsides.
Mechanical mowing to keep invasive weed populations from going to seed.

Work with the Director of Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives and Farm team to explore new irrigation and fencing technologies to make watering pasture and moving animals more efficient.

Infrastructure Maintenance:
Keep all fences and structures in working order. This may involve coordination with the farm and program team for assistance.

Animal integration with programs:
Coordinate with program staff the schedule of milking demonstration and animal care.
Oversee and facilitate the instruction to youth and adult visitors who are being taught how to milk the goats/collect eggs and later, how to work with youth with the additional farm animals.
Assure proper safety guidelines when handling animals with the public and school programming.

Assure that animal care meets the standards for CCOF & Animal Welfare Approved where applicable.
Coordinate with Assistant Farm Manager on record keeping & reporting.

Education & Experience: 

Five plus years of experience working in the field on a diversified, sustainable or organic farm that integrates animal husbandry.
Experience leading volunteers, youth, and the general public in farm projects.
Experience marketing livestock products.
Experience working in a non-profit environment.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent follow-through and attention to detail, with the ability to track
and manage multiple tasks and demands.
Understanding of and commitment to antiracism and dismantling all forms of oppression.
Commitment to food sovereignty and food justice.
Flexibility, adaptability, self-direction, and positivity are critical to a successful execution of this role
Experience working collaboratively in a team environment with successful outcomes.
Experience working alone.
Ability with operating tractors; farm machinery/small-engine maintenance, vehicles and repair experience.
Basic carpentry and general building maintenance skills.
Ability to communicate with others and to assimilate and understand information, in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
Experience and interest in working with diverse populations/different ages
Possess qualities of self-motivation, time management, flexibility and cooperation.
Ability to work with team and community members respectfully and with patience.
Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
Ability and desire to be organized with the expectation to maintain good records of receipts, invoices and tools.
Ability to perform duties involving prolonged standing, sitting, crouching and/or stooping.
Ability to safely push, pull and position tools, equipment, and structural material weighing in excess of 50 pounds.
Ability to prioritize efficiently and work in a timely manner.
Ability to work from ladders at heights up to 20 feet.
Ability to work on smooth or uneven surfaces and under varying climatic conditions.
Ability to work outside their regular scheduled hours, to be available for emergency and/or pre-arranged work.

Other Requirements:

Work takes place in the field and office settings.
This position may work occasional weekends and evenings.
Ability to perform hard and repetitive physical work.
Friendliness, approachability, and enthusiasm for working with other people.
Understanding that work is within the rustic reality of a farm.
Understanding the realities of working at a non-profit with ongoing funding needs and infrastructure.
Understanding of the Be Present model of communication and willingness to integrate the model into all forms of communication at Pie Ranch.
Understanding the importance that public programs and fee-for-service programs play a part in supporting school/youth visits and general operations.
Understanding and acceptance of Pie Ranch current decision making structure, policies and procedures.
Proficiency or willing to learn and use Google applications.
Possession of a current valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
Spanish proficiency desired
High school diploma or equivalent is desired.
Criminal background required.
COVID-related: This position involves working closely with children under 12 who cannot be vaccinated and the public. We require proof of vaccination for all employees of Pie Ranch.

Application Instructions: 

Interested and qualified candidates should provide:
Cover letter describing your interest and qualifications in this position.
Resume with references
Email: with title: Animal Husbandry Specialist
Deadline: Open until filled
We are hoping to start this position in February.

Pie Ranch is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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